MarAlliance at Sharks International

By May 25, 2018

Our Belize experts and Betto the shark are ready for the conference!

Great MarAlliance representation at the Olympics of Sharks Conference: eight of our staff are sharing the results of their work conducted with sharks and rays in six countries with over 600 delegates attending the quadrennial Sharks International conference held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.

Over the course of the conference week, the team is giving eight presentations and six scientific posters not including a keynote address by our Executive Director Dr. Rachel Graham. We are very much looking forward to learning about new science and sharing results with our shark research and conservation peers and with you! Follow us for sharky news via our Twitter feed at #MarAtSharks2018.

Our MarAlliance experts will unveil sightings of a species thought to be regionally extinct. They will also discuss our long-term community-based monitoring of sharks and rays and how we are the first organization who involves fishers in shark research and large scale behavioral-change projects to engage them in marine wildlife conservation. Top scientists will cover topics which include recommendations on the reduction of unsustainable fishing gear, protection of critical pupping, nursing and feeding habitats, to sharing strategies on how to reverse declines in marine megafauna populations.

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Presentations and posters will also be available to download below in due course.

JUNE 5

Poster sessions: 17:30-19:30

Poster 076: Ivy Baremore – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
RESIDENCY, HOME RANGE, AND HABITAT USE PATTERNS OF CARIBBEAN REEF SHARKS AT A REMOTE ATOLL IN BELIZE, CENTRAL AMERICA
| Ivy E. Baremore, Rachel T. Graham

Poster 108: Rachel T Graham – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
WAIT, WE’RE STILL ALIVE! CONTEMPORARY PERSISTENCE OF SAWFISH (Pristis spp.) IN HONDURAS| Ely Augustinus, Rachel Graham,  Gabriela Ochoa

Francesco Garzon, graduate student

Poster 116: Francesco Garzon – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
POPULATION ASSESSMENT OF NURSE SHARKS (ginglymostoma cirratum) IN BELIZE| Francesco Garzon, Rachel Graham, Ivy Baremore, Zeddy Seymour, Brendan Godley, Cynthia Xiu, Thomas Meyer, Matthew Witt, Lucy Hawkes

 

JUNE 7

08:30: KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Main Auditorium (Sérgio Bernardes)

Dr. Rachel Graham – Are we turning the tide for sharks and rays? Science and conservation impact for elasmobranchs

09:30: Oral presentation – Main Auditorium (Sérgio Bernardes)

ID 188 | I’m not dead yet: a historical and contemporary overview of sawfish distribution and persistence in Panama – Megan Chevis, Ana Batista, Leyson Navarro, Rachel Graham

11:45: Oral presentation – Auditorium 2 (Cabedelo)

ID 506 | Home range, movement and trophic opportunism of grey reef sharks, Carcharhinus amblyrhinchos, around two grouper (Epinephelidae) spawning aggregations in Pohnpei, Micronesia – Rachel Graham, K. L. Rhodes, I. E. Baremore

16:15: Oral presentation – Main Auditorium (Sérgio Bernardes)

ID 111 | Beyond boundaries: Ecological niche modelling of Manta ray distribution in the Western Central Atlantic Ocean – Francesco Garzon, Rachel T. Graham, Lucy Hawkes, Stephen Pikesley, Matthew Witt

16:30: Oral presentation – Main Auditorium (Sérgio Bernardes)

ID 481 | Differences in elasmobranch density and abundance in the Bay Islands of Honduras – Gabriela Ochoa, Ely Augustinus, Rachel T. Graham, Ivy Baremore

Poster sessions: 17:15 – 19:30

Gabriela Ochoa, Honduras Country Coordinator

Poster 162: Gaby Ochoa – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
CHARACTERIZING AN ARTISANAL ELASMOBRANCH FISHERY IN THE REMOTE MISKITO CAYS OF HONDURAS| Gabriela Ochoa, Ely Augustinus, Rachel T. Graham

Poster 163: Zeddy Seymour – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
USE OF TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE TO REVEAL TRENDS IN ARTISANAL AND ELASMOBRANCH FISHERIES IN CABO VERDE| Zeddy T. A. Seymour, Rachel T. Graham, Cintia P. Lima, José Luís Monteiro

 

Megan Chevis, Panama Country Coordinator

Poster 169: Megan Chevis – Exhibit Hall (Parahyba)
ELASMOBRANCH COMMUNITIES ON PANAMA’S CARIBBEAN COAST: FISHERIES-INDEPENDENT MONITORING IN THE BOCAS DEL TORO AND GUNA YALA ARCHIPELAGOS| Megan Chevis, Ana Batista, Leyson Navarro, Rachel T. Graham

 

 

 

 

JUNE 8

09:15: Oral presentation – Auditorium 2 (Cabedelo)

Zé Lois, Cabo Verde Fisher and Field Associate (left), Zeddy Seymour, Cabo Verde Country Coordinator (right), Cintia the tubarão-tigre (middle)

ID 518 | It’s not all about shark fins and fin soup: Sale and consumption of sharks and rays in Honduras during the Lenten season – Rachel Graham, Ely Augustinus, Gabriela Ochoa.

10:00: Oral presentation – Auditorium 3 (Lucena)

ID 482 | Baseline assessment of the coastal elasmobranch fauna of eastern Cabo Verde using baited remote underwater video – Zeddy T. A. Seymour, Rachel T. Graham, Ivy E. Baremore, José Luís Monteiro

16:45: Oral presentation – Auditorium 3 (Lucena)

ID 268 | Distribution of deep-sea sharks in the MesoAmerican Region – Ivy E. Baremore, Ely Augustinus, Francisco Polanco-Vasquez, Rachel T. Graham

MarAlliance Research Associate, Simon Gulak (left)